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W-B NAACP Preparing For Banquet, Election

October 2, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — Members of the Wilkes-Barre Chapter of the NAACP are preparing for the annual Freedom Fund Banquet later this month and the election of new officers in November. The membership elected a nomination committee for the officer elections next month at the chapter’s September meeting last week. The committee consists of Andita Parker Lloyd, Toni Mathis, the Rev. Shawn Walker, Andrew Wilczak and David Yonki. Anyone who wants to nominate someone for an officer position — including himself or herself — through a committee member or by emailing the chapter at wbnaacp2306@gmail.com. When nominating someone other than oneself, the nominator must provide a written acceptance of the nomination signed by the person nominated. The chapter will soon announce the date, time and location of the October and November meetings. Parker Lloyd, who presided over the meeting on Friday as a vice president, said the chapter is still accepting advertisements for the Freedom Fund Banquet program, as well as sponsorships for the dinner itself, which will be at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre. She noted specifically that the chapter will have to pay the $600 cost of valet parking if a sponsor is not found for that expenditure. Tickets for the dinner, which is scheduled for 6 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 27, are $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers. Tables are available for groups of eight, 10 or 12. Reservations are required; tickets will not be available at the door this year. Featured speaker at this year’s banquet will be Julia Parker, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs. Entree choices include sauteed chicken breast, Cajun pan-roasted wild Atlantic cod or crepes aubergine. The banquet is the chapter’s largest annual fundraiser. Email the chapter or call 570-262-1360 for more information about making a reservation, placing an ad in the program or becoming a sponsor. — STEVE MOCARSKY

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